Do I Have a Cavity

Do I Have a Cavity
Posted on 06/18/2018
At Smith Family Dentistry, we're proud to provide comprehensive dental care to families throughout the greater Charleston, WV area. At our practice, we strive to prioritize preventive dental care and stop cavities (dental decay) from happening in the first place – but if a cavity does form, it's important to start treatment right away. If you've ever asked yourself how to tell if you have a cavity, we're here to provide an answer.

How to Tell If You Have a Cavity

Most people expect cavities to be obvious dark spots or holes in the teeth, but often, cavities are far more difficult to detect. Here are a few signs that you may have a cavity:

  • Toothaches: If you have a toothache that lasts more than a day or two and doesn't get better, that may be a sign of a cavity or another dental problem. 
  • Persistent Bad Taste: We all get a bad taste in our mouths sometimes, but if you notice a chronic bad taste that doesn't go away, it may be a sign of a cavity. Try brushing your teeth and gargling with saltwater, and if the bad taste persists, contact our office. 
  • Bad Breath (Halitosis): Chronic bad breath, also called halitosis, is another potential sign of a cavity. This is different from the bad breath that comes from eating a pungent food like garlic – halitosis is bad breath that doesn't go away regardless of what you eat. 
  • Dark Spots on Teeth: If you see dark spots or areas of discoloration, these may be cavities. You should give us a call right away if you find any. 
  • Holes in Teeth: Finally, you may be able to actually feel a hole or depression in a tooth. This is almost a sure sign of a cavity, so it's important to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. 

Contact Your Charleston Cosmetic Dentist

Dental decay (cavity) is one of the most preventable diseases in America, and if you think you may be suffering from one, we're here to help. Contact us today to learn more about the signs of cavities and schedule an appointment for a dental exam and cleaning. If we find a cavity, we'll help you choose a treatment to repair it so you can reclaim your beautiful smile. We look forward to hearing from you, and we wish you luck in preventing and detecting cavities!